Nikoi Island (Indonesia)

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Pulau Nikoi is a 15-hectare (37-acre) resort island located 8 kilometres (5 mi) off the east coast of Bintan, Indonesia, approximately 85 kilometres (53 mi) southeast of Singapore.[1][2] The island was purchased by Andrew and Julia Dixon, an Australian couple visiting Bintan, in 2005 and developed, with the aid of a group of financiers, into a boutique private island resort named Nikoi Island.[3][4] The resort opened in 2007, and as of 2010 consists of fifteen beach houses.[5] The island has been ranked as one of the best private islands in the world by Condé Nast Traveller[6] and reviewed extensively by the world's travel press.[7][8][9]

The island has a maximum height of thirty metres, and consists of white sand beaches studded with white granite boulders, with coral reef off-shore. Two thirds of the island is Banyan forest, home to various bird species, while turtles are said to nest on the island's beaches.[10]

The resort is marketed as an eco-resort, with the use of driftwood as a construction material and alang alang grass as roofing. A double-layered roof design improves ventilation and means that rooms do not require air conditioning. Solar panels are use for heating water and a hybrid solar PV array provides renewal energy for up to 12 hours a day.[11] Diesel generators are required for water pumping and refrigeration.[5]

As part of the operators' commitment to sustainable tourism, a non-governmental organization (NGO) called The Island Foundation was registered as a charity in Singapore in 2009 to support the community on Bintan Island.[12] The resort was a runner-up in Wild Asia's 2009 and 2012 Responsible Tourism Awards (Mid-size to Small Accommodation Operators category)[13] and went on to win this award the in 2015. The resort has gone on to win or be a finalist in many other responsible tourism awards notably National Geographic's inaugural World Legacy Awards in 2014. Nikoi is also a member of The Long Run, a group dedicated to achieving sustainability through the balance of the 4Cs (conservation, community, culture and commerce).

The resort is accessed by launch from Kawal, a small town on Bintan, one hour's drive from the Bintan Resorts ferry terminal.[14]


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  6. ^ "The world's 22 most incredible private islands". Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  7. ^ Williams, Gisela (2010-04-29). "Nikoi Island Offers Splendid Isolation". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-08-26.
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  9. ^ "Press & Awards - Nikoi Island". Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  10. ^ Leong Siok Hui (2009-05-23). "Green luxury". The Star Online.
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  13. ^ "Highlights of Responsible Tourism Awards 2009". Retrieved 2010-03-14.
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Coordinates: 1°03′08″N 104°42′32″E / 1.0521°N 104.7088°E / 1.0521; 104.7088